Celebration of life blood drive in Northport Tuesday

Northport blood drive in honor of Jaden

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WBRC) - The American Red Cross is asking donors who are feeling healthy to make an appointment to give blood at a special drive Tuesday in Northport.

The blood drive will help people dealing with Neuroblastoma and other health issues in need of blood. It’s also being held to create awareness of the disease in memory of Jaden Elijah Smith. The blood drive is from noon until 7 p.m. at Northport City Hall.

Jaden was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma when he was 11. The American Red Cross said he received many types of blood products throughout his battle.

Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops in the nervous system, that can form solid tumors in in places like the stomach, neck and chest and can spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones.

Despite all of the treatments Jaden underwent, he developed tumors in his brain, chest and kidney. The sixth grader passed away after a tough battle with the disease. " Jaden was a warrior. He gained the nickname super man throughout the 15 months he fought Neuroblastoma. He always had a smile on his face,” said Melissa Smith Jaden’s Mom.

“The outpouring of the community has been tremendous. We’ve already had over 200 people who’ve signed up for our blood drive today,” said Stephanie Holcomb, an account executive with the American Red Cross.

You can help celebrate his life Tuesday while helping others. For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood donors can now save time by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device today prior to arriving at the blood drive. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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